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Preservation History: IWM Sunderland

From a gutted hulk used as a nightclub to a very fine museum piece, the restoration of IWM Duxford’s Short Sunderland is one of the preservation movement’s true epics

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Achieving Superiority: Modernising the Royal Thai Air Force

The modernisation of the Royal Thai Air Force remains in full swing, but the country’s budgetary crisis – a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – continues to hinder the air arm’s fleet renewal effort, as we explain

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IN PICTURES: Rocketing around the ‘Mach Loop’

The F-15Es of the 336th Fighter Squadron have recently been using the 'Mach Loop' in Wales for low-level training and Key.Aero was there to capture some dramatic photos

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How Lockheed Martin is dominating the European fighter market

We report on US defence prime Lockheed Martin's tight grip on Europe's fighter market after the conclusion of Finland’s HX programme and Helsinki’s decision to opt for the F-35

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Ginger Lacey - Fighter Pilot

Anyone with an interest in World War Two aviators will be familiar with Ginger Lacey, less commonly known by his full name, James Harry Lacey who is credited with 18 kills during the Battle of Britain;

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Adopting ASaC: Merlins take over Royal Navy surveillance role

Now responsible for covering the Royal Navy’s airborne surveillance and control mission, alongside its established maritime patrol helicopter roles, the Fleet Air Arm’s Merlin Helicopter Force is adapting to meet the challenges of a new operating environment, as we report

USAF to start retiring Joint STARS fleet this year

USAF authorisation has been granted for Air Combat Command and the Georgia ANG to begin divesting its Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint STARS fleet, beginning with four aircraft in FY22

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The story of the real Catch-22

How much did Joseph Heller’s combat experiences as a B-25 Mitchell bombardier with the 340th Bomb Group in Italy inform his later writing of a literary classic?

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Flying with the Germans on a live-fire exercise over Sweden

We joined the German Air Force Weapons School as it carried out part of the instructor course at the Vidsel Test Range in Sweden, where crews trained in the employment of missiles, bombs and guns

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Inside Ukraine's extensive but ageing air defence system

As Russian military forces maintain their strong presence along the Ukrainian border and tensions continue to rise, we provide an in-depth overview of Ukraine's extensive air defence system - which was strengthened significantly since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014, but still faces a crisis with its ageing fighter fleet

Heide-Büsum Airfield for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Aerosoft has announced Airfield Heide-Büsum for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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USAF seeks solutions for a host of F-22A upgrades

The USAF plans to seek out small businesses to offer potential solutions for a host of upgrades on its F-22A Raptor fleet, including the integration of Thales’ Scorpion helmet-mounted cueing system and a long-range IRST sensor

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 77

Welcome to the 77th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Developing the C-160

On December 14, 2021 the German Air Force retired the Transall C-160. The Franco-German transport took to the air for the first time on February 25, 1963, though it would be another five years before the air arm received its initial example. We take a look back to the early days of the programme with an article from the May 18, 1961 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’


Austria signs contract for 18 AW169M LUHs

Austria Ministry of Defence placed an order for 18 AW169M Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) to replace the Austrian Air Force’s ageing Alouette III fleet, which has been in service since the 1960s

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General Charles McGee: 7.12.19 – 16.1.22

Former Tuskegee Airman, Brigadier General Charles McGee has passed away at the age of 102

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Twenty years of the Airbus A318

January 2022 marks two decades since the A318 – the smallest member of the Airbus A320 Family – took flight. However, unlike its single-aisle stablemates, the A318 remains the runt of the litter, says Thomas Lee

Cessna 337 Skymaster Ready for Take-Off

Carenado has released the C337 Skymaster for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Canada retires final Buffalo

After 55 years of service, the de Havilland Canada CC-115 Buffalo has been retired from Royal Canadian Air Force service

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The life of James Struthers

Royal Naval Air Service Coastal class airships were prominent in the fight against German U-boats during the First World War — during 1917, one captain flying from Cornwall was in the thick of the action

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Aeroplane meets Dave Hadfield

AEROPLANE meetsThe chief pilot for Vintage Wings of Canada, one...

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The Republic F-84G Thunderjet over Angola

The Republic F-84G Thunderjet was hardly in the first flush of youth by the time the Portuguese Air Force decided to employ it during the colonial conflict in Angola, but it filled an important gap 

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EXCLUSIVE: Spitfires MH415 and MH434

Reuniting a pair of Spitfire IXs that flew and fought together on the same wartime RAF squadron — and went on to have remarkably interconnected lives in peacetime, too

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Meeting Des Nations

A special 1958 show at Liège-Bierset was among the greatest gatherings of NATO air power

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